Chasing 276, India was at 193 for seven before Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 of 28) forged an undefeated stand of 84 points to seal a memorable victory for the visitors who extended their record of not losing an ODI on Sri The soil of Lanka since 2012.
Scorecard | As it happened
A struggling Sri Lankan team badly needed a win to boost morale, but have nothing to blame for not completing the job at a command post.
Chahar, whose highest score before this game was 12, showed remarkable determination and composure under the pressure to get his team across the line with five balls to spare. He rightly hit the winning limit.
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It was India’s ninth consecutive victory in a bilateral series against Sri Lanka. The third ODI will be played on Friday.
It was expected to be another comfortable pursuit for India after Sri Lanka improved their batting efforts to show 275 for nine.
However, the questionable shooting selection of the majority of Indian batsmen gave hope to their struggling opponents.
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Apart from Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav (53), the Indian drummers have weakened. Leg thrower Wanindu Hasaranga confused Indians with his variations and ended up being his team’s most notable pitcher.
India felt the heat from the start of the chase with Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan both wowing the opposition in Sunday’s opener, tackling some bad shots.
Shaw failed to pick a bad one in Hasaranga and got knocked over while going for a cut. The opener once again showed sublime form during his short stint in the middle with three delicious limits before throwing him away.
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Kishan, with his feet away from the bat, tried to punch it through offside point guard Kasun Rajitha only to play it on the stumps, leaving India at 39 for two of four.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (29 of 38) was not at his best for the second game in a row and was trapped in front of Hasaranga.
Manish Pandey (37) was unlucky enough to run out of a deflection from the pitcher’s hand and Hardik Pandya hit him straight in the middle of the wicket with hard hands, left India tottering to 116 for five .
Suryakumar and Krunal sewed a 44-point standout before Chahar produced a stun from nowhere for a remarkable victory.
Earlier, leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal led India’s decent effort with the ball.
Much like the first game of the series, most of the Sri Lankan batsmen started but failed to capitalize after the hosts chose to beat.
Avishka Fernando (50 of 71) and Charith Asalanka (65 of 68) have scored well for half centuries, but the home side haven’t been disciplined enough to post a massive total.
Chamika Karunaratne (44 out of 33) made another timely appearance to take the team past 270.
Chahal (3/50) was the bowlers’ choice while leaders Deepak Chahar (2/53) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/54) also got wickets mainly due to the profligacy of the home team’s beaters.
Forerunners Fernando (50 of 71) and Minod Bhanuka (36 of 42) took Sri Lanka to 59 for a loss in the first 10 overs.
The momentum drastically changed India’s course after Chahal knocked out Minod and Bhanuka Rajapaksa on successive balls in the 14th.
Sri Lanka, which are among the worst performing mid-range teams, struggled again in the crucial phase of the game. They took 97 balls to find their next limit after the eight completed.
From 77 for no loss in the 14th, Sri Lanka slipped to 134 for four in the 28th.
Asalanka and skipper Dasun Shanaka tried to resurrect the heats, but their 38-point stand ended with the captain falling to Chahal.
Chahar took his second wicket with a perfect punch that smashed through Wanindu Hasaranga’s defenses.
Asalanka played a few daring punches alongside Karunaratne to give the innings some momentum towards the end.
Asalanka hit her first 50 with a raised limit on an extra blanket from Kuldeep Yadav before sweeping the left arm wrist spinner for four more in the same fashion.
Bhuvneshar kept things tight but played at a slower pace than usual.